Ok finally, here's my review of the Blau! Pics posted in my Gallery, I can't figure out how to attach them here grrrr
Review also posted on TripAdvisor
We were at the Blau for our wedding, January 19-27th, we chose this hotel based on the price, the 4 star rating, reviews, and the wedding package that was offered. We had 45 guests join us for one week, family, friends, children included. Everyone loved this resort! It's beautiful, clean, comfortable, hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. The food was good, better than we expected! Even dairy free, vegetarian and gluten free guests had no problem finding something to eat. The rooms were great, clean, beds were a bit hard but we have noticed that no matter where we travel. There was a mix up with our room when we checked in, we were supposed to have a Jr. Suite but were given a regular room. We slept there for one night, and the front desk moved us the next day, and gave us a late check out time for compensation for the trouble. Our Jr. Suite was amazing! Huge bedroom, 2 bathrooms, lots of closet space, a living room area, two TV's, two balconies, on the 11th floor, ocean view, spectacular! We felt like royalty. Our guests enjoyed their stay, and the families with kids had a great time too. There is a kiddie pool, playground, games and activities. The elevators are slow, but whatcha gonna do? We knew that going in. If your room is low enough, take the stairs.
The pool area is gorgeous, lunch buffet was great too, and a hamburger/hot dog grill outside that was open all afternoon. The beach was breathtaking! It was huge, lots of space, plenty of chairs, gorgeous white sand, warm turquioise water, it felt like a dream. The beach bar/snack bar was open 24/7, a good place for drinks and dancing after dark. Hotel staff, waiters, bartenders were all amazing! Very friendly, remembered our group, where we liked to sit, my mother made friends with a server at breakfast named Alberto and he called her his princess all week. They certainly make you feel special!
Our wedding was incredible - the wedding of our dreams! The wedding coordinator Sabina was fabulous, we emailed almost on a weekly basis for 6 months, she always replied back very quickly with answers to all my questions (and I had A LOT). She was very patient, helpful, kind and sweet. THANK YOU Sabina for everything!! The wedding package covered everything, all the legal paperwork, ceremony, cake, champagne toast and appetizers for all of our guests, reception dinner and drinks, decorations, flowers, there is a salon on site for hair and makeup (makeup for bride only though). A BIG shout out and THANK YOU and a huge recommendation for Yoandy at the salon, he was fabulous! So fun and friendly, all my girls loved him. He went above and beyond for me. There was a slight issue with my flowers, and he made phone calls ASAP to get it fixed. He was incredible. I loved him. Sabina took care of everything wedding related and I felt very at ease. The wedding day ran smoothly, except the Notary was 30 minutes late. But once she arrived and the ceremony started it was perfect and amazing! We chose to get married in the garden rather than the beach, it was gorgeous. We were able to have our own music for the ceremony, which was a plus. Ceremony was very nice, we added a few of our own personal touches, which was not a problem to add, and after I DO we went right into cake, champagne and appi's for everyone, and had our first dance, and I danced with my Dad. Then group, family photos in the garden, and then the bridal party moved to the beach for more photos. After photos, the reception dinner was at the Palma Real restaurant, and the dinner was top notch! Steak and shrimp, chicken upon request, dessert, it was great! Our cake and guest book were also brought over from the ceremony by the staff, I didn't even have to ask for it, a very nice touch. We had the restaurant to ourselves for about a half hour so we were able to do speeches, and there was a string quartet playing the entire meal, and they played a special romantic song for us, and my husband and I danced again. It was beautiful, we couldn't ask for anything more.
Speaking of photos - the resort photographer Addiel is AMAZING! Another huge shout out and THANK YOU to Addiel and his team, we also had a videographer, they took pictures and video from 2pm, an hour before the cermony, until around 5:30. Addiel is a true professional, very nice, funny, and amazing! He took the lead and told us what to do, where to stand, how to pose for pictures, but we had some ideas of our own and he was happy to do that as well. Our pictures and video are amazing, spectacular, perfect, we could not be happier! Our wedding was on a Thursday, and Addiel met us at the hotel Saturday to bring 60 prints of our pictures, the best of the best, and we also received a disc with all 700 pictures that he took, plus another disc with the video. Which was perfesionally done and edited, 45 minutes long. I cried through our entire meeting, looking at the pictures, they were more beautiful than I expected, I loved them all, I was so overwhelmed with love, appreciation, and his work. A+++ in my books. FABULOUS JOB ADDIEL!!!
Our week at the Blau, time spent with family and friends, and the wedding of our dreams will never be forgotten. The Blau will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and we would not hesitate to go back. We loved it and we are so happy we chose the Blau. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!